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B.F. Skinner

In memoriam of B. F. Skinner, who died 1990 on August 18th at the age of 86. The greatest contemporary psychologist, he was also living history—one of the giants of our discipline whose early contributions helped shape modern psychology and who continued, decade after decade, to refine and develop his powerful concepts.



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B.F. Skinner
by Psychology Today Library Cassettes in association with Jeffrey Norton Publishers
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Rogers and Skinner debate the pros and cons of human behavior control, providing insights into their differing views on free-will, the causes of behavior, the importance of mental events, the effects of environments, the goals of psychology.
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B.F. Skinner
by The B. F. Skinner Foundation
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B. F. Skinner (1904-1990) recorded his 1948 novel, Walden Two , on cassette tapes as a birthday gift for his daughter, Julie. The utopian novel describes a fictional community that uses an experimental approach and behavioral principles to improve its members’ lives. In his 1976 preface, Skinner wrote, “Either we do nothing and allow a miserable and probably catastrophic future to overtake us, or we use our knowledge about human behavior to create a social environment in which we shall live...
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In 1981 B.F. Skinner held a series of small seminars with his colleagues to discuss a variety of different philosophical and scientific topics. In one of the seminars behaviourist philosopher Willard Quine was a guest. Other members of the discussion that day were the linguist Pere Julia, as well as another unidentified male guest (perhaps Gerald Zuriff who attended most of these discussions), Margret Vaughan and Will Vaughan were present as was the Swedish linguist and poet Lars Gutafson. The...
Topics: B.F. Skinner, Willard Van Orman Quine, Pere Julia, Behavior, Behaviorism, Behaviorology, W.V.O....
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Douglas Cooper and George O’Brien visit B. F. Skinner, the behavioral psychologist, at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They discuss Skinner’s youth, his views on the future of the United States, and the implications of his psychological work. When Skinner was young, he originally pursued writing. At Harvard, he received a great deal of encouragement from a number of mentors. There was not much work being done in behavioral psychology then, in the 1930s, but Skinner and his...
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Psychologist B. F. Skinner discusses why people make art and explores how their reasons for doing so have changed over time. Drawing on his studies of human behavior, Skinner explores the possibilities for encouraging these traits in future artists. His lecture is followed by a question and answer session. This event took place on March 25, 1969. Transcript: https://www.guggenheim.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/9009715_01_AB_edited_9009716_01-Creating-the-Creative-Artist.pdf Source:...
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B.F. Skinner
by American Humanist Association
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B.F. Skinner won The American Humanist Association 's " Humanist of the Year " award in 1972. This audio recording is his address to the association upon receiving the award.
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Psychiatrist Dr .Anthony Clare conducts in depth interviews with prominent people from different walks of life. Radio Interview of B.F. Skinner by Dr Anthony Clare, BBC Radio 4, 08th Sep 1984.
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1974. W. V. Quine's Remarks at B. F. Skinner's Harvard University Retirement Party, October 17, 1974. [A wonderful description of parallels between Skinner and Quine's lives with connection to Alice in Wonderland. In January 2001, I was asked for a transcript of W. V. Quine's comments upon the retirement of B. F. Skinner at Harvard University. In July 2003, I found the eleven original note cards which are transcribed (abbreviations expanded into full words as spoken) below. The numbers in ()...
Topics: B.F. Skinner, Willard Van Orman Quine, Behavior, Behaviorism, Behaviorology, W.V.O. Quine
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Claudia Hammond presents the history of psychology series which examines the work of the people who have changed our understanding of the human mind. This week she explores the legacy of BF Skinner and Behaviourism. One of the most famous psychologists of the 20th century, by applying to human learning the theory he developed through animal studies, he became one of the most controversial. Claudia is shown round his study by his daughter, Julie Vargas; remaining much as it was when he died in...
Topics: B.F. Skinner, Behavior, Behaviorism, Behaviorology, Claudia Hammond, Deborah Buzan
B.F. Skinner
by Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara
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565.  Pigeons and People . Jan. 17, 1972. Tape No. AS8181/R7 Additional Note In this wide-ranging panel discussion, B.F. previous hit Skinner next hit observes that in the last 25 years, pigeons had been conditioned to behave at a level that they had never achieved before in the history of the species, and explains his belief that humans could be conditioned to increase their capacities in like manner. Featuring Harry S. Ashmore, Alex Comfort, Frank K. Kelly, Donald McDonald, Robert Rosen,...
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by American Psychological Association
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Proceedings of the American Psychological Association 1986 Annual Meeting Session 37 29786 B.F. Skinner: Programmed Instruction Revisited
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National Public Radio. (1990). “All Things Considered.” Interview with B. F. Skinner, July 27th, 1990. Division 25 Recorder, 24/25, 34–36. Skinner shortly died after this interview on August 18, 1990.
Topics: B.F. Skinner, Behavior, Behaviorism, Behaviorology, Robert Siegel, Michelle Trudeau
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by American Psychological Association
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Proceedings of the American Psychological Association 1988 96th Annual Convention Take 89/433/88 B.F. Skinner: The Operant Side of Behavior Therapy
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by Sound Seminars
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Behaviorism at Fifty Released to Sound Seminars by Rice University. Third presentation in the symposium Behaviorism and phenomenology: Contrasting bases for modern psychology . This symposium was published in book form by the University of Chicago Press in 1964. The speaker is B.F. Skinner.
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This Week in the History of Psychology September 18-24 This Week in the History of Psychology (which we call by the slightly silly name of TWITHOP) was originally a weekly podcast, produced in 2006-07. It was written and produced by Christopher D. Green , professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada. Since the original series (which is still available below) the format has evolved in various ways: interviews, discussions, reviews – everything related to the history of...
Topics: B.F. Skinner, Behavior, Behaviorism, Behaviorology, Christopher D. Green, TWITHOP, This Week in the...
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Focus on B. F. Skinner - An Interview with the Author of Walden Two
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On Oct 13, 1971  Casper Citron talks with the famous behavior theorist B.F. Skinner. Joining Citron and Skinner are Alberta Szalita and David Begelman. Source: The NYPR Archive Collections
Topics: B.F. Skinner, Behavior, Behaviorism, Behaviorology, Casper Citron, Alberta Szalita, David Begelman
B.F. Skinner explaining his science of behavior and his behavioral engineering to Richard Lubbock on CBC "Ideas" series "The Mass and The Single Will".
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B.F. Skinner
by American Psychological Association
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Distinguished Education of the American Psychological Association Master Lecture Series on Cognitive Psychology B.F. Skinner: Cognitive Psychology - What's Inside?
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by Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara
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568. The Conditioned Scholar . Jan. 21, 1972. Tape No. AS8184/R7 Additional Note B. F. Skinner addresses a group of educators, first describing some of the failures of educational practices in the United States, then outlining some of the possibilities promised by operant conditioning when used as a teaching tool. Dr. Skinner provides a number of examples of how successful his theories of conditioning have already been in helping teachers teach and students learn. [Transcript 33:4]. [LC...
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by American Psychological Association
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Proceedings of the American Psychological Association 1986 Annual Meeting Session 171 29786 B.F. Skinner: Whatever Happened to Psychology as a Science of Behavior?
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by Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara
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560.  An Interview with B. F. Skinner , Jan. 15, 1972. Tape No. AS8176/R7 Additional Note Psychologist B. F. previous hit Skinner next hit speaks with the Center's Harvey Wheeler to clarify some of the terminology and many of the basic concepts that are crucial to an understanding of operant conditioning. The discussion ranges over such social problems as the uncreative use of leisure, the threat that wasteful affluence holds for our ecology, and individual inequalities of wealth and power....
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Dr. Robert Burnham Dean of the College of Education, Ohio State University Boyd H. Bode 1981 Memorial Lecture (1981 April 8) B.F. Skinner: Why are we not doing more to improve education?
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Verbal Summator Files (Skinner’s audio projective test) Several old verbal summator records were found buried in storage in the Psychology building at the University of Minnesota – thanks to Gail Peterson. Three loose record labels with the name “B. F. Skinner” were found with them. Although not the original, 1936, Verbal Summator records, the word-like sounds on them are the same as those created by Skinner for his original studies at Harvard, and they are in Skinner’s voice....
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B.F. Skinner
by Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara
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566.  Conditioning Toward Extinction . Jan. 19, 1972. Tape No. AS8182/R7 Additional Note A panel discussion on the implications of operant conditioning that explores the question of whether human beings might be conditioned to deal with progressively fewer challenges to the point where they would be incapable of handling unforeseen threats at all, thereby becoming vulnerable to extinction. Featuring Harry S. Ashmore, Alex Comfort, Norton Ginsburg, Hallock Hoffman, Robert M. Hutchins, Donald...
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From the Archives of the Communication Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles B.F. Skinner at UCLA January 10, 1972 Brought to you by a Generous Donation from Friends and Alumni of the UCLA Department of the Communication Studies Digitized 2013 B.F. Skinner answers question from the audience.
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B.F. Skinner
by Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara
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564.  The Evolution of a Culture . Jan. 18, 1972. Additional Note B. F. explains how his theories of operant conditioning can be used to affect entire cultures, so that they have within their own control the very direction in which they evolve. Followed by discussion with Harry S. Ashmore, Elisabeth Mann Borgese, John Cogley, Léo Gabriel, Hallock Hoffman, Donald McDonald, Dennis Pirages, Vitali Rozynko, Rexford G. Tugwell, and Harvey Wheeler. [Transcript 33:7]. [LC 72-750641]. Category:...
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by Psychology Today
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Rosemary Jennings talks to B.F. Skinner about his early childhood and early adulthood.
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by Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara
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562. Beyond Freedom, What? Jan. 18, 1972. Tape No. AS8178/R7 Additional Note B. F. Skinner leads a discussion with political scientist Fred Warner Neal, theologian Michael Novak, and diplomat Arvid Pardo, examining whether operant conditioning could limit the possibilities for self-development in individuals and whether behavioral scientists should, like some atomic scientists, consider themselves responsible for the uses to which their research is put. [Transcript 33:3]. [LC 72-750639]....
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561. Skinner on Skinnerism . Jan. 17, 1972. Tape No. AS8177/R7 Additional Note B.F. Skinner responds to several criticisms that have been leveled at his book Beyond Freedom and Dignity, giving examples of how his theories of operant conditioning have been successful in dealing with pigeons, monkeys, and men and citing experimental evidence that behavior is caused by "contingencies of reinforcement" rather than by mental processes, states of mind, or internal feelings. Featuring Harry...
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Depending on who you talked to, Human Behavior has either vastly improved since the Dark Ages , when atrocities towards fellow human beings ran to the despicable. Or – if you go further along in history – towards a more genteel time then yes, Human Behavior has gotten out of hand, a notch above Dark Ages, heading irrevocably towards our doom and extinction. So, maybe we’ve always been just a little rotten. And during various points in our history; just a little more rotten, or a little...
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Of course you might imagine horses or even fierce dogs and wolves… but let’s think a little more creatively. What about rats? Bats? Elephants? True – those creatures have all been used in warfare. But what’s an animal NO ONE would ever suspect? Is it possible to effectively surprise your enemy with a common, ordinary creature – and who would be able to pull it off? From The Stories From History’s Dust Bin, Volume 3 – comes the story of Dr. Burrhus Frederic Skinner, who, during...
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Wait...Did Skinner really train a pigeon to bowl? This is the topic Dr. Diana has been waiting for...B.F. Skinner - the man, the myth, the subject of an extremely large painting Drs. Mike and Diana and in their house. Tune in and listen to Dr. Diana talk about some of the interesting work of B.F. Skinner and learn how you, too, can start a local avian sports league.
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Lecture at Amherst College on current embrace of utopias and building intentional communities. Source: WFCR Five College Radio Collection
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Renowned behavioral psychologist BF Skinner codified much of the science behind positive reinforcement-based animal training, and is a hero to many dog trainers. But for over half a century, his reputation has been tarnished by rumors that his daughter went crazy and killed herself because he raised her in a box. Annie interviews said daughter, Deborah Buzan, who is alive and sane. She was in fact raised in a box... sort of. Buzan discussed the "Air Crib," aka the "Baby...
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by Arthur G. Bedeian
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This is a telephone conversation with Dr. B.F. Skinner. Professor Arthur G. Bedeian and his class of Ph. D. students asked him questions and he responded.
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B.F. Skinner
by WBAI
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Skinner’s lecture On “Having” a Poem This lecture was given at the poetry Center in New York City on October 13, 1971.
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by CBS News
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B.F. Skinner interviewed by Barry Serafin, CBS News, Washington on September 7th 1971.
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Abridgment of the B.F. Skinner's book with the same title published, read 1972 by John McGiver for Voice Over Books, New York.
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